Time to Tie Ties

7 Apr

The time has come for all you Wildcats out there to learn the most important part of any “suit up” situation: The tie. Even if you already know how to tie a tie this blog can be a great reference to look over. After I show you my favorite tie knot (The Half-Windsor) I’ll ALSO show you how to tie a Bow-Tie. Yes, I said “tie a bowtie,” not, “clip on a bowtie.”


The Half-Windsor

Start with the wide end of your necktie on the right and the narrow end on the left. The narrow end should be at the tip of your sternum and the wide end should hang around your hip.


Cross the wide end over the narrow end.


Bring the wide end around behind the narrow end


Bring the wide end up and tuck it in to the loop (like your tucking a napkin in to your shirt) then pull it over to the right


Bring the wide end around front, over the narrow end from right to left.


Bring the wide end up and through the loop (The reverse of tucking a napkin in your shirt).


Bring the wide end down through the knot in front


And — using both hands — tighten the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.



The Bow Tie

Drape the bow tie around your neck so that left side is slightly longer than the right


Cross the longer end over the shorter end.


Pass the longer end up through the loop, forming a simple, loose overhand knot.


Pull the dangling end to the left and then fold it back over itself to the right.


Drop the raised end of the tie over the front of the bow.



Feed the middle of the dangling end back through the knot you made earlier. (This is the part I had the most trouble with while learning- take your time!)

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Tighten the bow by pulling on opposite sides and halves simultaneously.




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